On October 29, Team Blake Shelton country singers Austin Jenckes and Brandon Chase were paired to sing against one another on The Voice 2013 knockout rounds. Austin came out first, with his rendition of “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain. He chose the song to commemorate his father, who took his own life when Austin was 16 years old. At rehearsals, Austin wanted to sing an acoustic version of the song, but took the advise
Brandon followed close behind with his rendition of “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band. The singer became a little ambitious during rehearsals and pushed the song up an octave. While Blake was impressed, he was also scared that Brandon’s stylistic change could backfire.
After both men gave a gripping performance, Christina Aguilera noted that Austin’s song had tons of power, yet no dimension. And though Xtina felt that Brando had pitch problems, she felt the song best suited his voice and style. Adam Levine also felt that Austin had dynamic issues, but was immersed in the song the entire time, while Brandon started off strong, but ended weak.
Blake found that both singer had pitch issues, with Brandon being flat and Austin being sharp. When it was time to choose a winner, Blake chose Austin who he technically gave more that he ought to.
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